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Frequently Asked Questions about the Diploma of Business (Governance) BSB50715




Eligibility and pre-enrolment


Who can do the Diploma of Business (Governance)? What are the pre-requisites?

Prospective and current members of boards, as well as those who work closely with them, are eligible for enrolment.

Some deep knowledge of a not-for-profit organisation is highly desirable.

To be accepted for enrolment into this course, you must also:

  • Have time to read, prepare and reflect on fundamental governance principles
  • Have the ability to attend and actively participate in a total of five days of training (three consecutive days + two consecutive days approximately one month apart)
  • Commit to completing all competency based assessments within twelve months of face-to-face training (expected requirement is five to 10 hours per unit - there are 12 units)
  • Commit to transferring the knowledge gained to a not-for-profit organisation once the course is completed

If you would like to discuss your eligibility, contact us by emailing service@ourcommunity.com.au or call (03) 9320 6800.


What does it cost?

The course costs $4495 (inc GST) which includes all content and materials pre-loaded onto an iPad mini for use during the course and later in your board room (it's yours to keep).


Can the course cost be reduced if I opt not to receive an iPad?

Yes. Students may choose to enrol without receiving an iPad mini (a recommended learning tool for this course) and their fees will be reduced by $300. Students who elect to bring their own substitute device will be provided with links to download reference materials. Our sustainability policy prevents us from printing copies of these materials


How do I pay?

Payment can be made via electronic funds transfer (EFT), credit card, cheque or money order. If you would like to discuss payment options please call us on 03 9320 6800 or email service@ourcommunity.com.au


Can I do staged payments?

Under some circumstances we may be able to offer staged payments. Please email service@ourcommunity.com.au or call 03 9320 6800 to discuss.


Can I start the course before I have paid?

Registrations must be paid no later than 10 working days prior to the event. In certain circumstances we may be able to make special arrangements. Please email: service@ourcommunity.com.au or call 03 9320 6800 to discuss.


Can I get a subsidy / is fee help available ?

The Diploma of Business (Governance) BSB50715 is a full fee paying course. At this stage no fee assistance is accessible for this course.


Are there any scholarships available?

Scholarships do become available from time to time. The best way to find out about scholarships is to subscribe for updates at OurCommunity.com.au/subscribe


I've done a similar course - can I get recognition of prior learning for this course?

Recognition of prior learning is available. The Diploma of Business (Governance) comprises 12 units of competency. You must demonstrate a satisfactory understanding of these units to attain recognition of prior learning.


How much of my time will it take to do this course?

Apart from the five days of face-to-face contact we expect that it will take approximately three hours to complete the pre-course reading and viewing, and between 60 and 120 hours to complete all course assessments.


Can I do this course remotely?

The course includes a compulsory face-to-face component (a total of five days) but assessments are completed remotely.

If you would like us to come to you, we can deliver a session for you and your board (minimum numbers apply). Contact us for more information.



After Enrolment


When will I receive my iPad Mini and course materials?

You will be given access to the reading materials about a week before your course is due to start (you'll be sent a login for the course portal). You will receive the iPad loaded with a copy of the course material upon your arrival on the first day of the course.


Can I get the course materials in hard copy?

No. We're serious about sustainability. We won't provide hard copies of course materials (course notes, slides, assessment questions etc.) All of this material will be pre-loaded on your iPad mini. If you elect to bring your own device, you will be able to access and download digital copies of required documents.


The dates I chose when I enrolled don't work anymore - can I swap dates?

You may swap dates with no additional fees up until 10 working days prior to commencement (presuming there is space in your preferred sessions). Please email your request to service@ourcommunity.com.au


What happens if I'm sick or for some other reason have to miss a day or more of the course?

It's important that you commit to attending all five days of the course - the intensive learning that occurs during these five days cannot be replaced by any other means. However, if you are ill or absolutely unable to attend any part of the course, for any reason, our trainers will work with you to ensure that you have all relevant information and are able to complete all relevant competencies.


Where is the course being held?

We run the course at various venues. One week prior to commencement, you will receive an email reminder confirming all the details of the course, including venue, times, catering details and links to pre-reading material, presentations, workbooks and assessments.


What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a reference number provided to all students. The USI has been implemented by the Department of Education and Training to identify you and help keep your training records and results together in an online account to which you have access.

Students beginning the Diploma of Business (Governance) after January 1, 2015 will need to register for a USI number and provide it upon registration on the first day of the course. You can do so here: http://www.usi.gov.au/create-your-USI/Pages/default.aspx



Assessment


How do I submit my assessments?

Students will have access to an easy-to-use, purpose-built Student Portal where they can draft and lodge assessments, contact their tutor and explore rich content relating to their studies.


Who will my assessor be?

In most cases your assessor will be the same person you had as your trainer during the face-to-face learning blocks of this course. Our trainers' profiles can be found here.


How long do the assessments take to complete?

You should expect the assessments to take from 5 to 10 hours per competency. There are 12 units of competency.


How long do I have to complete the assessments?

Students have twelve months, from the commencement of the first day of their course, to complete all assessments.


Can I get an extension on submitting my assessments?

Students are expected to complete their assessments within twelve months of the last day of the face-to-face course. Requests for an extension will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Call us on 03 9320 6800 to discuss.


Should I submit my assessments all at once or progressively, as I finish them?

You may choose whether to submit your assessments one by one, or in batches, or all at once. However, our preference is that you submit them progressively, as you complete them. This allows your assessors to provide feedback as you progress.


Do I need to do the assessments in any particular order?

No, assessments may be completed and submitted in any order you wish.


I don't understand an assessment question - who can I ask for help?

Please contact your trainer directly for any questions regarding assessments or course material. Your trainer's details will have be provided to you on the first day of your course.


What will be done with my submitted materials - what is your privacy policy?

Submitted material is treated with the utmost care and discretion. All responses are treated confidentially and will not be used for any other purpose other than for assessment.


How are assessments marked? Will I get an A-E; a pass-fail ?

This is a competency-based assessment, meaning we support you to gain the knowledge you need to prove that you are competent in each unit. We provide feedback on your assessments. Where we think your response indicates a lack of knowledge, we will guide you to that knowledge as long as you are within the twelve-month window for completion of the course (another reason to get started on your assessments as early as possible). Once you have answered each question within a unit to a Satisfactory level, you will be deemed Competent in that unit. You will then be given a grade of Pass, Credit or Distinction for that unit.

What happens if I fail?

As described above, this is a competency-based assessment - your assessor will work with you until you have reached the required level of competency.


What do I get when I've finished the course?

When you complete the face-to-face component, you receive a certificate of attendance. Once you have completed all of the assessments to an adequate standard, Federation Training will award you a Diploma of Business (Governance).

How will I be notified of the results of my assessments?

You will receive feedback on your assessment from your assessor either by email or phone within three weeks of receipt of each of your assessments.



For graduates - using the credentials and staying in touch


When I can I start using the credentials that apply to course graduates?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements of the Diploma of Business (Governance) - BSB50715 - will be eligible to use the post-nominals:

  • Dip. Bus. (Gov) and,
  • FICDA - Fellow of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

People who complete the course (including minimum attendance requirements) but do not submit assessment, or do not complete the assessment satisfactorily, are still eligible for recognition via the Institute of Community Directors Australia, through the use of the post-nominal:

  • MICDA - Member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (while they remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia)

How long am I able to keep using the FICDA credentials after I complete the course?

While the designation Dip. Bus. (Gov) does not expire, in order to keep using ICDA designations ("FICDA" or "MICDA" or "AMICDA") you must remain a financial member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia. You will be reminded of the need to renew on the anniversary of your membership each year.


Why do I have to remain a financial member of ICDA in order to use the ICDA credentials?

The Institute of Community Directors Australia is a professional governance body established by Our Community to support quality governance within the Australian not-for-profit sector. In order to ensure that the highest standards are maintained, we require that all individuals using the FICDA credentials remain informed of the latest news and practices from around Australia and the world. Membership of ICDA is our way of ensuring you're in the loop and up to date.


How can I keep my knowledge up to date?

The Institute of Community Directors Australia provides a quarterly newsletter as part of membership. This assists in keeping you informed and updated on issues related to governance in the sector. We also post relevant materials and references using social media that will help keep your knowledge up to date.

We also recommend you attend ICDA's annual conference and other networking and training opportunities as they arise.


How can I meet others who have done the course and/or are interested in community governance?

You will develop a network of peers in the course you undertake. In addition, ICDA will be implementing networking opportunities throughout Australia. We also encourage you to become actively engaged in our social media discussions. Link up with the Institute of Community Directors Australia on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.


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